Caldo Verde

Address: 438 McGill, Montréal, Québec, H2Y 2G1
Tel: 514-878-1555

Closest metro: Square-Victoria

Restaurant Helena is one of a handful of Portuguese restaurants in Old Montreal and is so named after its owner and chef, Helena Loureiro.  Located on the western most edge of the district and about a 5-minute brisk walk from the Bourse de Montréal (Montreal Exchange) and Centre de Commerce Mondial de Montréal (World Trade Center of Montreal) it’s often buzzing with business professionals.  Reservations are a definite must.

If you’re lucky enough to manage a lunchtime reservation, order a couple of hot or cold tapas dishes to enjoy and share, or better yet, indulge with a sumptuous and filling 3-course lunchtime special for $21.  The special usually means a selection of soup (if you’re lucky caldo verde) or salad, a selection from a couple main dishes and dessert.  If you’re in the area for business, just let the staff know in advance if you’re on a fixed time frame.  If you don’t have any time constraints, sit down and enjoy.

A Salmon Main Dish – part of the Lunchtime Special

Seating is intimate, yet well spaced allowing conversations to remain private.   People watch by the window, enjoy a view of the chefs preparing meals as you sit at the bar or sink into a booth and get ready to enjoy a wonderful meal.

Fashion Trend:  Business casual, business formal to semi-formal
Cost:  $25 and up (at lunch), not including beverage. Expect to pay more at supper.

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